Inter Milan go into Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Schalke 04 on the back of a humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of city rivals AC Milan.
However, to use this as a barometer for Inter’s recent form would be misleading, as the 18-times Serie A champions have been on a good run of late and are rightly regarded as 13/25 favourites to win the leg.
Since the departure of Rafael Benitez as coach on December 23rd, his replacement Leonardo has overseen 16 league matches, picking up 12 wins, a draw and slipping to just three defeats.
Leonardo also masterminded Inter’s away goals triumph over last year’s finalists Bayern Munich in the last round of the Champions League.
Inter’s pedigree is further enhanced by the fact they are defending champions and that they can call on Samuel Eto’o.
The former Barcelona striker has been in red-hot form of late, scoring five goals in his last seven matches and eight in the Champions League so far this season, making him the competition’s joint-top marksman.
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Meanwhile, the squad is determined to get back to winning ways following the derby debacle, with Argentine defender Javier Zanetti leading the battle cry.
“It’s not nice to lose that type of game, it’s a disappointment to everyone,” he said.
“But we have to look forward.”
In contrast to their Italian adversaries, Schalke are not in the best of form.
Mid-table in the German Bundesliga, Die Knappen have lost their last two games away from the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
However, they do boast the all-time leading scorer in European Cup/Champions League history in Raul, suggesting they could still carry an attacking threat at the San Siro.
The Spanish legend has scored 69 goals in his 140 Champions League appearances and is priced at 7/1 to bag his 70th in Italy.
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